Android M: power and charging improved, USB Type-C coming


Android M brings some significant improvements to six key areas: app permissions, web experience, app links, mobile payments, fingerprint support, and power and charging.

The power and charging enhancements are particularly interesting, as we've seen in both our own experience, and in public polls, that better battery life is consistently mentioned as the number one requirement to a smartphone.

Android M brings just that with two new areas of improvement.

#1: Doze


Doze is a new deeper state of sleep on Android that will be particularly useful for devices like tablets that spend a lot of time on the shelf, only used when you're at home. What the Android team is doing is actually putting apps to a deeper state of sleep, so that they are slower to wake up, but given that you use the device rarely (say, only at night), the tradeoff is worth it.

In fact, Google claims that it has achieved an improvement of up two 2x of standby battery life on the Nexus 5 (it tested two Nexus 9 tablets, both loaded up with a bunch of apps, but one running on Android L, and the other - running on Android M with Doze).

Keep in mind that Doze in Android M brings improvement only to deep sleep for devices that are rarely used, so the benefit to smartphones won't be all that well pronounced (some improvements can still be expected). At the same time, Google has also made sure not to break essential functionality so that you can still hear your alarms and get messages from people you care about.

#2: USB Type-C


The other key area of improvement is related to the upcoming USB Type-C connector that is set to eclipse the current microUSB slot that phones and tablets use to charge and sync. With Android M, Google is getting ready for that transition, so that phones can indeed charge up quicker. 

Not only that, with Android M, you'd now be able to use your phone to charge other devices. Imagine having a smartwatch that has a tiny battery that's running out quickly - you can use your phone to charge up the timepiece.

source: Google

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13 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

USB Type C sounds really interesting....

2. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I really hope it's on the Note 5

8. WWThinker

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Don't hold too much hope. After all, Samsung never really talk about a grand vision. Hence, Samsung is unlike Microsoft, Google, Apple, ...

12. Elie.S

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

The rumors are coming out that it the Note 5 contains the Type C

3. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It is!... I am very excited about it as well... this will definitely define my next device...

5. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Well no one knows for sure yet

9. waddup121 unregistered

This is good!

4. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

interested in doze. looks promising.

10. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Doze is google version of Sony's stamina mood. Nothing new

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Seems this supposed battery life bump works around standby and making deep sleep of system processes more efficient and effective. However, that's if you plan on using your phone like a dumb phone half the time. I want to see improved onscreen usages times through both software and hardware advancements.

7. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

You can charge other phones now as well. Just buy a device with OTG support

11. tokuzumi

Posts: 1865; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Now I have to get a ton of new cables when usb type c becomes the norm. It's a welcome change, but initial costs are going to sting a bit.

13. Ishankhan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Hey, i am very exited about new Android M and i am looking for information about it on internet while searching it , i came accross a post at ( techdiscussion.in/6075/android-m-first-impression-​review-and-new-features/) where they have also mentioned new power sharing and file sharing feature but both of you have not uploaded any video about it, i am still confused about it please make a video demonstrating this feature.

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